14 thoughts on “Paani research pic, under the mumbai flyovers

  1. hi,
    this is a scene which we can see every morning under the flyovers( mumbai, delhi, everywhere)

    the boy’s gesture creates a image in my mind….suppose if it was not soap… a terrible chemical….the

    mother has limited amount of water to decrease its concentration….now every drop is essential….

    now would we blame the god if a bull comes and thrash the container…..or would blame the destiny?

    or the government?…

    it is a nice pic…….


    ajay lohan

  2. Can’t wait to see the movie ‘Paani’ released! Hope it brings about the much needed awareness and a radical change, a revolution to health, growth and life on Earth.

  3. Dear shekhar sir,years ago i see a advertisement to save water..in which there was a scene of a black king cobra moving forward through bushes and suddenly cobra activates in its position and produced a sound like hisssss and than a written line comes on to screen WORLD’S DEADLIEST HISS than there was an another scene in which one poor african boy uses hand pump and from the mouth of hand pump,a sound of air comes out some thing like hisssessss..and than a written line comes on to screen..THERE IS ONLY 2.5% DRINKING WATER AVAILABLE ON THE EARTH..

    i think that it is the most sensible and creative add i have ever seen till my 22 year of life..but sir why are you not replying my previous queries,i want to talk you regarding film making and many other topics..you are just ignoring me..as you are the most sensible person i have ever seen on earth,is this a way to treat your fan..

  4. That is probably some indian or westerner who wasted too many resources and lived a pigly lifestyle in a previous life. It’s just a tough wake-up call for them. Everything is fair and balanced, no exceptions. India is a universe in itself allowing for the evolution of many in multiple planes of existence.
    Mak a movie that goes deeper, you are only scratching the surface with your over-hyped “Paani”.

  5. by all means make paani if u really wanna make it, but i still would say – perhaps you haven’t yet made(or taken up) the film that you have to create and that you only can initiate.

    i sincerely feel you can use this wonderful medium of cinema in such a magical manner that can touch humanity and make a shift in a much much deeper way provided the subject is integral at the first place.

    (that reminds me – have u seen – The Shift…do see it – its a nicely made film starring your friend’s friend – Wayne Dyer in it. Its not a documentary, its a feature film with uniquely woven different entertaining stories that come to one point with a common message – ambition to meaning. i can vouch u will like it. the dvd is available with shemaroo in india.)

  6. Speechless….when my son was born. friends gifted us a bath tub for babies…this picture (a scene which I have probably seen several times in my past) reminds me the huge gap we still have in India … I am too moved to comment further. Good Luck to you.

  7. this is such a brilliant catch! sir any possibility to work on your project?! have been assisting directors and i am one of us who understands the need to aware people about the water issues/war we could face in the future. looking fwd for a reply. good luck!

  8. This page – http://sites.google.com/site/1cpu4rent/ – presents an idea which *might* inspire a realistic solution to the problem of creating awareness of the water crisis that India faces. It might also go a small way in actually solving the problem.

    Planting trees is the best way to go about getting more water because cutting trees caused the problem in the first place.

    This is the age of reality TV shows where apparently there is no script. This and the celebrities involved are the whole point of the shows. Challenge shows are also popular, even though they might be scripted or “fixed”.

    Currently, voting is the maximum level of participation of viewers. The plot itself and the winners are pretty much out of control of viewers. KBC style shows are great because people just can’t miss an “get rich quick” gamble. But there’s another place where users are flocking – here – on the internet.

    Because Shekhar allows us to write here, we come and read and post our ideas. Twitter is driving the youth crazy because they get an instant shot of ecstasy, knowing that they can send a message that Aamir, Big B, Sallu bhai, and Sachin can read right away.

    What if you added this kind of a temptation to making serials – by allowing people to post plots and shaping episodes based on plots sent by users, reviewed, edited and implemented by the experts?

    It’s a small sacrifice to make for the scriptwriter. He has to let go of his claim to fame, and merely edit the idea submitted by an unknown internet user. But then, that makes users really very interested. Obviously, the core of a short film or TV serial episode is the plot being unknown to the audience. So viewers can send their plots in a contact form on the website of the TV company, like NDTV.

    Suppose Ram’s plot idea is great. Then the plot is enacted out sometime in the next week or month. Then, at the end of the episode, Ram’s name is declared as the writer or the inspiration behind the plot. He gets a prize and a certificate by email or something like that. Then he is asked to refrain from submitting plots for a certain time so as to allow more people to think out plots and submit them.

    What’s the main thread of this serial?
    Water, of course.

    How water hardships cause neighbours to fight each other.
    How kids cannot play or study because they have to spend 6 hours a day fetching water and the hardships caused by getting bitten by a scorpion on the way home.
    How a corrupt water official loses his young son to water poisoning and then reforms himself and changes the water politics of his village completely.
    How a group of women from a village put up a fight against the evil panchayat and mukhiya because they are sick of carrying water for hours onyl to be abused by drunkard husbands.

    Making the plot options as wide as possible is beneficial.
    From stark and shocking, to inspiring, to comedy, to heart-warming goodness, all tales are possible. Lagaan is just one example out of a vast variety of plots available or constructable.

    There is absolutely no dearth of script-writing talent in India.
    And aspiring (script) writers need not languish in despair for the few good opportunities that luck presents and then takes away cruelly.
    The feudal “struggle” system for creative writers can be replaced by a more democratic and participatory story submission system.

    And we need people to be thoughtful about water.

    Star Wars has a universe. Star Trek has a universe. Stargate has a universe. Each has thousands of fans making a huge variety of storylines. That is a staggering amount of ingenious scriptwriting, fitting into an elaborate base framework set initially by George Lucas, Gene Roddenberry and company.

    If this can happen in the West in science fiction, it can obviously be done in India, much better, and to solve a real problem – water awareness.

    Kya Boond Boond Sagar Banega?
    (it starts with K !!! )

  9. A picture is worth thousand words.

    This picture tells almost half of the story of PAANI

  10. A green rising

    Uday Mahurkar
    June 4, 2010

    That India is on the verge of a serious water crisis is a foregone conclusion. So much so that the possibility of water riots in the future can’t be ruled out. And it’s not that the farmers of Vidarbha in Maharashtra or Bundelkhand in Uttar Pradesh are the only casualties of depleting groundwater level. In satellite townships like Gurgaon and state capitals like Hyderabad, the situation is much worse than the rest of the country. And the blame doesn’t go to bad monsoons alone.

    More than indifferent monsoons, this scarcity of water has been caused by over exploitation of groundwater and lack of water conservation measures at the micro level. The answer to this monumental challenge that stares at an otherwise resurgent India comes from Gujarat. The state shows the way in the form of a unique government-people partnership model for water conservation. There results are here to see.

    In 2004, the water table of 112 tehsils of the total 225 tehsils in Gujarat was in semi-critical to over-exploited condition. But a satellite based survey done last year by the Central Ground Water Board (NGWB) found that as many as 60 of these 112 tehsils have regained their normal water table. What’s more, the water table is rising further in many of these tehsils. Most of these tehsils are in Saurashtra and Kutch where the farmers and the government together have started a unique check dam revolution.

    In the mid-90s, large parts of Saurashtra used to get water through train tankers from water-abundant areas of central and south Gujarat. Today it is a thing of the past. Earlier, many small rivers and rivulets in this region used to go dry by the end of monsoon. Now they have become almost perennial and several villages have become self-sufficient in water.

    In the past 10 years, 1,05,000 check dams costing Rs 1,480 crore have been built in Gujarat under the government-people scheme. The villagers have contributed between 10 and 15 per cent of the cost in the form of labour while the Government has done the rest. Around 70,000 of these dams have been piloted by the state irrigation department and the rest by the state rural development department. These dams have a cap of Rs 15 lakh in terms of investment.

    The mechanism for these check dam scheme is very simple. As and when a village committee wants to make a dam, it takes the local irrigation engineer to the selected spot. After seeing the spot, the engineer helps them select one of the six technical designs for a check dam. The six designs are finalised by the Government depending on the local geological conditions. Once that is done the department releases funds and the work on the dam begins.

    The changes are less evident in north Gujarat where the topography for building check dams is not as conducive and the farmers here are also not very enthusiastic. But in this region also the water level, barring some tehsils where it is falling due to local factors, has been rising for the past two years. Says R.C. Jain, Regional Director of the cgwb and in-charge of Gujarat, “Gujarat has shown that where there is a will there is always a way. This experiment can inspire people in many water starved areas of India.”

    Interestingly, the check dam revolution was triggered in 1999 by Mansukh Suvagiya, a Rajkot-based social worker in Jhamka village of Junagadh where the villagers collected money and constructed 52 check dams in a span of two months on small rivulets in and around the village. Today, Jhamka is a symbol of water and agro self-sufficiency.

    To get something from mother earth you have to give something back. If you don’t, it will stop giving you. It’s not a one-way cycle.- Narendra Modi, Chief Minister, Gujarat
    In the same year, the Saurashtra Jaldhara Trust, an NGO run by diamond magnate by Mathurbhai Savani built 213 check dams on rivulets in and around Khopala near Bhavnagar to turn the village’s fortune. As the success of this experiment travelled to other areas of Saurashtra with the trust’s help, the then chief minister Keshubhai Patel took interest in it and launched the ambitious Sardar Patel Water Recharging Programme in 2000 to build check dams in partnership with the people.

    When Chief Minister Narendra Modi took over in 2001, he laid emphasis on creating farm ponds in areas like north and central Gujarat where building check dams was not very feasible. As a result 1,81,00,000 farm ponds have been built till date at a cost of Rs 181 crore. Farm ponds are built in that part of a farm where rain water collection happens in natural course.

    In 2003, the Gujarat Government launched the Gujarat Green Revolution Company to propagate sprinkler and drip irrigation technology among farmers by giving them hefty incentives. Rated as the best in the country by the Union Agriculture Ministry for last three years, this initiative is one of the reasons why the groundwater level is getting recharged in the state.

    But it was not easy for the Government to convince the farmers, who were agitating for more power, to participate in the project. The agitating farmers were told to take to water conserving farming techniques and tapping surface water through indigenous methods which could end their dependence on power. “To get something from mother earth you have to give something back. If you don’t, it will stop giving you. It can’t be a one-way cycle,” Modi told the farmers. The agitators understood the logic of his appeal and the rest is history.

    Then there are other big irrigation schemes which have helped in enhancing the water table in Gujarat. For example, in north and central Gujarat, the mud canal of the Sujalam Sufalam Yojana played a key role in bringing up the water level. The project targeted at pumping ‘excess’ water from the Kadana canal into north Gujarat dams by laying pipelines; building an unlined canal across 21 rivers in north Gujarat, and building two lakh farm-ponds. In another initiative, the state government has partnered with NGOs to build over 40 bigger-sized check dams costing up to Rs 1 crore.

    Besides these long-term projects, certain short-term initiatives have also worked wonders. Last year, Gujarat had a bad monsoon but when the Government realised that rains could hit the state in the last leg of monsoon, it launched a quick water conservation drive by building boribunds (very small dams made by blocking small rivulets with the help of sand bags). In 20 days, over 2,50,000 boribunds came up as a result of a joint effort by the departments of rural development and forest management, NGOs and village committees.

    When the rains did come, these boribunds conserved a lot of water. Says Ram Kumar, CEO of the State Watershed Management Agency: “Our resolve is to ensure that not a single drop of water is wasted.” The success has not resulted in complacency in the Government which launched another innovative scheme three months ago to tap surface water on the hilly slopes of the tribal regions of south, north and east Gujarat by making terrace talavis-small ponds dug on hill slopes.

    Sujalam Sufalam Yojana played a key role in bringing up water level in north Gujarat
    In 2009, Gujarat registered 9.06 per cent agricultural growth rate while the nation’s growth rate was less than three per cent. The total cultivable area in Gujarat has increased by a phenomenal 15 per cent in the past 10 years. During that period, Gujarat’s agro production has jumped from Rs 18,000 crore to Rs 49,000 crore. The state increased its cotton yield six-fold from 175 kg per hectare to 798 kg, more than the world average of 787 kg.

    “Gujarat has set the finest example of groundwater management through indigenous and modern methods and through people’s participation,” says Tushaar Shah, senior fellow at the International Water Management Institute. When Jhamka and Khopala did it, the rest of Gujarat wondered why not they. It’s time the rest of the country asked the same question.

  11. @Brahmastra
    I so agree to you, that paani is perhaps the tip of the iceberg.

    But its not over hyped, I believe Shekhar Kapur feels it very strongly.

    Thinking of the something that penetrates more deeper into poeple’s mind. Become an education reforemer??? One of the ways to change things around you, is to change the thinking pattern of children by education, media and educational enterainment.

  12. 20 years back i had never imagined that one day i would be buying bottled waters everyday for my daily routine.. 20 years later i won’t be surprised if we would be buying bottled Fresh Air to live healthy, and then after 20 years i don’t know…you are intelligent enough… 🙂

    You pay for your material success, no matter how smart and astute your are…Nature is smarter than you…

  13. Drinking water shortage, not enough money for survival, corruption thrives and gets deeper into crevices for extraction, the poor further exploited and victimized. the handful rich governing according to their terms- where are we headed, as a people, as a nation as a world? Will we be able to survive Natures backlash when it happens? Will we be able to survive the tremors from human backlash?:)

  14. Mind is getting wilder………………….I cant bear my sorrow………………………I am getting scratch in my mind…………….

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